Sister-in-laws with a mission!

15th September 2021

Guts UK is thrilled to announce the fourth member of our London Marathon 2021 team, Sophie! 

Meet Sophie:

Sophie found out about our small but mighty charity through her sister in law Rebecca, who was diagnosed with pancreatitis last year and spent months in hospital and weeks in ICU recovering.

Sophie also had her gallbladder removed via emergency surgery in 2018 so knows first-hand the importance of our work as well. Sophie knows all too well the pain and suffering that digestive diseases can cause, and she wants to help the UK get to grips with guts!


These incredible sister-in-laws have come together and have shown so much support to our charity. Rebecca bravely shared her story for our Kranky Panky Awareness campaign last year and has continued to fundraise for us by creating gorgeous handmade cards.

“I wanted to get involved with the fundraising for the charity to show support to Rebecca, so I have really pushed myself out of my comfort zone, training for the London Marathon” – Sophie.

In our opinion, Sophie has more than proven her support for Rebecca, taking on the iconic 26 mile route that is the London Marathon!

Guts UK’s work into Pancreatitis:

Pancreatitis is a priority area for Guts UK. We are dedicated to finding an effective treatment for this devastating condition. We are currently funding Dr O’Kelly’s research who is exploring the inflammatory reaction that occurs during pancreatitis. Guts UK is the only UK charity funding a research fellowship into pancreatitis. We also have our awareness campaign every November, Kranky Panky, where we invite people to share their experience with pancreatitis every day throughout the month.

When severe, acute pancreatitis can kill 1 in 4 people. Guts UK exists to change this.

We are so excited to have Sophie a part of our team this year and can’t wait to cheer her across that finish line!

“Every £1 given can make a massive difference to the effort to fund research, support people and also publicise that not all illnesses are visible.” – Sophie.

If you’d like to support Sophie, you can head over to her JustGiving page. To purchase one of Rebecca’s handmade cards, you can do so on her Facebook page, Don’t be Gutted.

If you have felt inspired by this lovely pair, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today about all the ways you can fundraise and support Guts UK!

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